More follies from our government's inability to pass a rudimentary spending bill: now the banksters want to hold the process hostage, to their desire to orchestrate derivates trades using FDIC-insured subsidiaries, meaning the FDIC will have to pay when they screw up -- which, of course, means we'll have to pay when they screw up. You'd think banksters would have some shame, six years after becoming the most hated people in America for their role in smearing shit all over the American economy, but then again, as long as our government and the "liberal" media keep coddling them, I guess they'll remain insulated from the consequences of their actions. Which is why Public Citizen helps you tell our government that you oppose any more taxpayer-funded bailouts for banksters. If you feel it's necessary to follow up with a phone call making heavy use of the words "bailout" and "banksters," I certainly won't stop you. I might even point out I've got tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page with which you may get your Reps' and Senators' phone numbers.
Meanwhile, the House also plans a hearing on H.R. 4432, the so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a bill heavily-supported by major food manufacturing corporations but not terribly well-supported by the American people, who by vast majorities prefer to know they're sticking genetically-modified food in their mouths beforehand. H.R. 4432 would prevent states from mandating GMO labeling, and would allow corporations to "voluntarily" label GMO food, though anyone who's ever noticed the four-digit numbers on produce knows we already have a voluntary labeling system, and guess what? Nobody's using it to label their GMO food. (If they did, you'd see a number "8" in front of the four digits you usually see. Ever see that? Of course you haven't.) And you'd think that corporations spending tens of millions to defeat GMO labeling initiatives would instead spend that money educating folks about how safe GMO food is. Food and Water Watch helps you tell your House Reps to reject H.R. 4432, and work for a regime that would really make our food safe and accurately-labeled.
Finally, trade pact negotiators are supposedly trying to put the finishing touches on the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" in our nation's capital this week. I know what kind of "finishing touch" I'd like to put on the TPP -- the five-knuckle "touch" that finishes "free" trade deals in this country for good. We know (among other things!) that the TPP would subject our laws (including our labor and environmental protections) to the whim of "investor-state tribunals" that would overturn our laws whenever they see some "injury" to some corporation's profit margin. Better they recognize that laws protect people from injury by mindless corporations seeking to shave a few pennies off their expenses by dumping crap in our air and our water, or by neglecting their duty to keep their workers safe from harm. But not only does our government want to pass this agreement, they want to do so on a "fast-track" basis that limits Congressional debate. Why, it's like they're afraid that the people would have a chance to say no to the pact! So Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject these "free" trade, fast-track schemes.